Under certain circumstances a bull equals a cucumber’ (an anthropological saying)
Being basically the brainchild of Austrian massage therapist Norbert Bieber, ZAUS was formed in 1995 as a musical collective open to all forms of audible expression. Consequently, the music of ZAUS oscillates between minimal and metal, ranging from spontaneous improvisation to organically grown conglomerates of multifarious sounds as well as from highly scientific concepts to cryptical nonsense.
The standard procedure of producing a ZAUS track is fairly simple: Unsuspecting musicians are frequently lured into the recording studio where they first of all are going to be sedated by mind-numbing substances, then involved into some highly absurd conversation and finally gently forced to contribute spontaneously to the recording by treating their instruments in a way mostly not familiar to them. After a couple of such events, the output is carefully mixed up in Norbert’s brain & food processor and out comes the unique music of ZAUS. Besides these doubtful activities, ZAUS has been producing music for performances, theater, film and TV with constantly changing line-ups.
‘Congregation’, containing tracks recorded between 2004 and 2008, is an illuminating journey through spaced out funk rocktronica, quirky pop interpretation, dark sordid grooves and complex electroacoustic soundscapes. Track 10 is an unedited 11 minutes excerpt from the socio-acoustic live performance “SONIC MAZE”, premiered in collaboration with jazz actionists k3 in Salzburg in March 2008.
Participating in the Congregation were: Thomas Dinnobl, Stefan Wuketich, Roman Kovacs, Herbert Koenighofer, Silvio Sinzinger, Simone Beer, Martha Jeitler, Voka, Andy Collett, Ing. Loop, Rokko Ramirez, Klaus Kircher & Robert Kainar